All Seem To Say

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All Seem To Say

Sandra Decaigny, Staff Writer

“Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations? Did you that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb? That sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am.”

These lyrics give me chills, every time I hear them, I picture the disbelief on Mary’s face as she holds her child. When I hear this favorite Christmas song of mine I am reminded that it is, “The most wonderful time of the year.” Now and again I start to wonder what kind of God given genius sat down and penned these instrumental masterpieces, these lyrical gifted ballads. Find out know how some of your favorite holiday tunes became…your favorite holiday tune.

Carol of the Bells

“Hark of the bells

Sweet silver bells

All seem to say

Throw cares away

Ding dong ding dong”

Beautiful sung or just instrumental was composed by Mykola Leontovych in 1914, accompanied by  Peter J. Wilhousky for lyrics. The lyrics are actually copyrighted to this day why the music is not. This song was based off a Ukranian folk chant called, “Shchedryk.” Carol of the bells was originally meant to be a four note melody that could be heard year around, know the haunted notes are synonymous with the Christmas season.

O Holy Night ‘

“Oh holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Till He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”

Everyone who has ever attended a Christmas Eve service has sang this classic Christmas carol. Originally composed from a french poem, the lyrics were written by Adolphe Adams in 1847. The song was debuted by an Opera singer. Interesting fact, O Holy Night was the first song ever broadcasted on the radio.

Little Drummer Boy

“Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum pum

A new born king to see, pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum

To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum

Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum.”

Written by Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941, is a classic song about a young boy presenting the King of all Kings with a simple gift of his drum song. One of my brother’s favorites, it is based on a old Czech carol. Interestingly the song had such a good basis for a story a claymation version was made in 1968 produced by Rankin-Bass.

White Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

Just like the ones I used to know

Where the treetops glisten

And children listen

To hear sleigh bells in the snow”

A sad song if one looks closer has an even sadder story. Composed in 1942 by Bing Crosby, is the title name of the musical starring him and Irving Berlin. The song was released around the same time a tragic event struck america, Pearl Harbor. The Hawaii base of Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese bomber and killed many of our soldiers leaving the soldiers left on base with less than a Merry Christmas, with their friends gone and their families away. White Christmas was played over the army base twenty four hours a day as the holidays approached, leaving soldiers more homesick than they were before. Whether it does not produce the same heart ache then it did for the soldiers. One thing is for sure it is a Christmas classic.    

The First Noel

“The First Noel, the Angels did say

Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay

In fields where they lay keeping their sheep

On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel

Born is the King of Israel!”

Written by William B Sandy and David Gilbert, this classic Christmas carol comes from Cornish origins. The word Noel, is an modern English period word for Nativity. Nativity meaning place of a person’s birth. This song is referring to the place of birth of Jesus Christ. Noel is not the only accepted title for the song. In France many refer to the song as, The First Nowell.